Details on Facebook's upcoming Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset have been leaked. The leak, first spotted by Twitter user Aiman Farooq (via Engadget), consists of a series of videos about Quest 2, including details on the headset features, accessories available, and the evolution from the existing Quest to the new Model.
The Oculus Quest 2 headset, as seen in the leaked promo video Facebook blueprint
The headset's key specs are that it uses the Snapdragon XR2 chipset, an upgrade from the previous Snapdragon 835 used in the original Quest, and that the new mode uses two "almost 2K" displays. It also has 2GM more RAM than the previous model, at 6GB of RAM versus 4GB before. There is also more storage available, increasing up to 256GB from 128GB in the previous model.
The headset should also be more comfortable with an updated strap that makes it easier to put on and take off.
In addition to updates for the headset itself, the controllers are also updated. They have ergonomic updates to make them easier to use, and there's an option to support hand tracking so you might be able to interact with some games without using the controllers.
There is an updated sound system that supports 3D sound. This gives the impression that sound effects are coming from all over the place, which should help determine the origin of the sounds as you play.
Some details that are not yet available include how much the system will cost. Setting up a VR system at home isn't cheap, and high hardware costs are a barrier to entry for many gamers. It remains to be seen how affordable or expensive the new Oculus Quest 2 system will be.
This leak follows another leak this July that shows the appearance of the headset. However, the details of the hardware updates are new.
Oculus was also the subject of some controversy recently when a change was announced that would require users to have a Facebook account in order to use the service. Existing Oculus users can connect their Oculus account to their Facebook account. However, from January 2023, all Oculus accounts will be deactivated and all users will have to log in with their Facebook account.